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It’s time for those ‘flu jabs!

With autumn approaching, it’s time to prepare for the usual bouts of colds and ‘flu that winter always seems to bring

Both Blandford surgeries are asking patients to book for the annual flu jabs during the following Saturdays:

  • Eagle House Surgery: 30th September & 21st October
  • Whitecliff Surgery Blandford: 7th & 14th October
  • Whitecliff Surgery Child Okeford: 30th September

Anyone over 65, patients with particular health conditions such as asthma, and carers will be invited by text, letter or prescription reminder to make an appointment for one of the special Saturday sessions above. The parents of all children born between 1.9.2013 and 31.8.2015 should also book flu nasal sprays at their surgery. School age children will have them at school

Alternatively, if you’re visiting your Doctor or nurse on another matter, you can always ask for your flu jab at the same time. Doctors will have supplies of the flu vaccine available in the surgery in the coming weeks.

If you have been invited but don’t want your flu vaccine, please inform the surgery. You will still be invited again next year!

It is also a good idea to stock up now on cold relief products in readiness. If you need any help with what to buy, your local pharmacy will be able to advise. 



The impact of missed doctors’ appointments

Lots of people comment about the time they have to wait to get a routine doctor’s appointment. However, the sad fact remains that, for a variety of reasons, patients missing appointments each year add up to about 7 weeks of wasted doctor and nurse time each year which has a serious impact on waiting times.

Reasons for missing appointments range from patients who are too ill to come to the surgery, hospitalisation, memory problems, to too many patients who just forget, feel better, or who are too busy to bother to attend. Both surgeries in Blandford work hard to cut the number of missed appointments. Texting reminders has been a success story, but only if the surgery has an up to date mobile number or email address.

So, what can you do to cut waiting times?

  1. Record the appointment and check it doesn’t clash with a holiday, for example
  2. Inform the surgery if you are unable attend an appointment as it can be offered to someone else, even at the last minute
  3. Inform the surgery if you, or a relative, is hospitalised - the hospital will not tell the surgery
  4. Make sure your surgery has an up to date phone number, mobile number and email address - to text reminders, for example

You can easily cancel your appointment by phone, online, email (Eagle House) or text. Please see the Eagle House or Whitecliff Surgery websites, or ask at your surgery reception, for more information.

Finally, if you are moving out of the area, don’t forget to tell the surgery too.

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